US Popularity:9841
Origin:French
Other Origin(s):Latin
Meaning:Cheerful, joyful, merry, cheerful
Looking for a given name that symbolizes joy and happiness? Gay, a gender-neutral name, means "merry," "happy," “cheerful,” and "joyful," just to mention a few uplifting endearments, making it a fitting choice for parents seeking a fun-loving name. The French are known for their joie de vivre, so it makes sense that the cheerful name Gay originates in France from the Latin Gaius. Gay can also be a nickname for names like Gaylen, Gabriel, and Gayle, welcoming many namesake opportunities for your little one.

Gay Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Gay is currently #3241 on The Bump
Boy:Gay is currently #2194 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Gay is currently #1792 on The Bump Girl Names

Yearly Ranking Change:

Year:
1982
Gender:
Girl
#14485
in 1982
- 4691
from 1979
In comparison to the previous year's data
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